WASHINGTON - President Bush announced a proposed FY09 budget for the U.S. Small Business Administration that increases small business lending capacity by 37 percent, increases funding for SBA's ongoing operational reforms and supports a steady staff of more than 2,100 full-time employees.
Beginning Monday, cellular telephone companies will not be required to provide analog service. While most wireless telephone users will not be affected by this transition (often called the "analog cellular sunset"), some users may be affected. In addition, the transition could affect some alarm systems and some users of OnStar in-vehicle communications service. OnStar discontinued offering its analog service, found in older cars, on Dec. 31.
In 1994, Congress set a government-wide target that 5 percent of all federal contracts should go to women-owned small businesses (WOSBs). More recently, legislation was signed into law creating a set-aside for such businesses but requiring that the Small Business Administration study the issue to determine in which - if any - of the government's 313 contracting categories, many of which are defense-related, WOSBs were underrepresented.
Effingham Hospital board of trustees members received a report reflecting a score of 90 percent compliance with several established benchmarks from the director of quality and patient safety at their meeting Tuesday night.
St. Joseph's/Candler Home Health has been named to the 2007 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States. This annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies, ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.
The Continuing Education Center at Georgia Southern University is offering a workshop that will show employees how to apply leadership principles even if they are not a business owner or manager.
Spine and Sport welcomes new certified personal trainer Billy Johnson. Johnson has a bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University with an emphasis in exercise programming and recreation. He has 12 years of fitness experience and specialized sports training. He has trained clients from high school through professional athletes for many different sports.
Any Valentine's Day gift is thoughtful. Still, most of these presents have fairly short shelf lives - flowers fade, chocolates get eaten and those little candy hearts that say "Be Mine" get stale. This year, why not give your special valentine a gift that keeps on giving for years to come?
Two workshops entitled "Thinking of Starting A Business" will be held during the month of February from 6-8:30 p.m. They will take place on Thursday evenings Feb. 7 and 21 in the conference room of the Small Business Assistance Center, 111 East Liberty St. in Savannah. The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center and the Service Corps of Retired Executives sponsor these events.
Georgia Southern University is offering a non-credit business leadership course at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Ports Authority announced at its board meeting Monday in Atlanta more than 2.6 million TEUs (20-foot Equivalent Unit containers) were handled through the Port of Savannah in calendar year 2007, which represents a 20.6-percent increase and a new record for Georgia.
Business owners and managers are invited to attend a legal seminar in Brunswick that will address how supervisors should deal with an employee who has filed a harassment claim.
ATLANTA - Recently, an entity calling itself "Georgia Corporate Compliance" mailed solicitations entitled "Annual Minutes Disclosure Statement" to numerous Georgia corporations. This solicitation offers to complete corporate meeting minutes on behalf of the Georgia corporation for a fee. Despite the implications contained in the solicitation, Georgia corporations are not required by law to file corporate minutes with the Secretary of State.
When you retire, it would be convenient if all your expenses were to "retire" as well. But they won't. In fact, you'll likely need between 80 percent and 100 percent of your pre-retirement income to maintain your standard of living in retirement. And you may even need more, depending on what you plan to do during your retirement years. So, well before you retire, ask yourself a couple of key questions: Where will the money come from? And when can I get at it?
Fort Stewart Georgia Federal Credit Union celebrated its 43rd birthday in 2007 and entered its 44th year with several changes.
Work is expected to start soon on a massive movie studio complex planned for southern Effingham County.
STATESBORO - The Georgia Chamber of Commerce took no position on the original version of House Bill 170. But the state's largest business advocacy organization has endorsed subsequent versions, and Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark said Monday that annual spending for highway improvements in the state needs to be increased by $1 billion.
Business owners and managers in the Effingham County area now have a new digital agency to help grow their customer base.
Mike Blinder is a successful small business owner and one of his favorite things to do is share his experience and expertise.
The reorganization of Moon River Studios is now complete, CEO Jake Shapiro said Tuesday afternoon, as its lease on its Effingham County property has been acquired by a new investor.
After 43 years with Morris Multimedia, Karen Tanksley won't be starting her work day holding a cup of coffee in her Rincon office.
STATESBORO - The Georgia Southern University Museum recognized longtime supporter Planters Telephone Cooperative recently during the annual Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries Conference at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center.
The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's unemployment rate for December 2014 fell to 5.4 percent, down from 5.5 percent in November 2014.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.9 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in November. The rate in December 2013 was 7.4 percent.
The Georgia Ports Authority ended 2014 with growth in all cargo sectors, including a 10.2 percent increase in 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and a 7.4 percent increase in total tonnage.
Financial difficulties have forced a number of hospitals in Georgia to close in recent years, and some health care experts predict another dozen or more could close this year.
Effingham County Extension will offer production meetings to all crop producers in the county.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that Mercedes-Benz USA will relocate its headquarters to Atlanta, creating at least 800 jobs and investing approximately $74 million.
Marie W. Murphy, manager at ECB Occupational Medicine, a department of Effingham Health System, recently graduated from Leadership GHA, a prestigious health care leadership program of the Georgia Hospital Association.
Final approvals still need to be obtained from other agencies, but the Rincon City Council has given its go-ahead for a planned new, larger Kroger.
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